Healthy Smoked Turkey 'Works" Bagel Sanwich!

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by thoseguys26, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. thoseguys26

    thoseguys26 Master of the Pit

    This is one of my favorite sandwiches ever. I prefer mine cold, on a quality fresh 'Works' bagel from the bakery. I use light whipped cream cheese to cut some cal's and since I'm mixing fresh garlic, green onions, & basil you still get the cream cheese richness with the other intense flavors. Let the Cheese mixture sit for an hour minimum to mend the flavors some. 

    I was running late tonight so I expedited this recipe and it turned out perfect. Here's the details: (precise details to come)

    My notes never seem to be nearby when I write my this is sorta general..  If you're really curious on details, just PM me. 

    • Package of two turkey breasts

    • Soaked them for an hour in salt & black pepper water. (typically go longer)

    • Rinsed well.

    • Placed on top racks, MES 40, amzn cherry dust smoker @ 275° until internal temp was at 155°F (quick moist smoke) (no water pan)

    • Let rest for 6 minutes. IT in the thickest part got up to 162°F (165°-170° is preferred by the USDA) 

    • Sliced as thin as physically possible.  Stacked ingredients in order and chowed down. Pic's will explain the rest!

    Oh yeah, I started a fresh batch of smoked turkey drums for friends and family. 20 lbs!!

    More details to come, enjoy!  


    Scallions & Basil


    Mixed with whipped cream cheese 


    oh yeah, turkey legs holding their breath in a brine!


    T Breasts smoking nicely. 


    sliced up counterparts and about to slice the TB


    Perfectly done at IT of 155°   didn't take long, high heat (275°F 2-3hrs IT 155°F), moist meat, subtle smoke texture and flavor, super juicy!!


    Cream cheese added first


    Smoked Turkey Next


    Tomatoes Next!


    Cucumbers are next!


    Sprouts are next. I prefer the tangiest ones you can get


    Top it off and make it complete! 



    Last edited: Mar 21, 2012
  2. Sprouts???

    Just kidding, I love sprouts! :biggrin:

    Good looking sandwich!!!!
  3. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Nice Sammich!...JJ
  4. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    that sammie would make anyone hungry..... me included....  Dave
  5. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    This is a mighty sandwich 
  6. smokin vegas

    smokin vegas Smoking Fanatic

    That sandwich looks so good!!!   The turkey looks so moist.   I need to make this we have been eating to much beef lately.  I need to make this one.

    [​IMG]    Smokin' Vegas
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2012
  7. thoseguys26

    thoseguys26 Master of the Pit

    Thanks everyone! The crunch from the cuc's and the freshness from the sprouts and tomato are a perfect compliment to the cream cheese and smokey turkey. I got one in the fridge right now, might be an early lunch!

    I did put a little salt & pepper in the cream cheese mix too. 
  8. thoseguys26

    thoseguys26 Master of the Pit

    That's funny you said that! My girl said the same about beef & pork so I ran to the store to get some turkey breasts!!  Gotta have some sort of meat, right??!!
  9. smokin vegas

    smokin vegas Smoking Fanatic

    I have been toying with the idea of making turkey pastrami.   Anyway this has convinced me to try it so off to the store to buy turkey breast.  Will brine for 5 days rather than 10.  This was my daughters idea. She says it would be healthier.   My kids are health nuts.  None of them growing would even eat hot dogs unlike me.  I would go to Maverick and get a hot dog for breakfast.  But not for the kids.  
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2012
  10. big sexy

    big sexy Smoke Blower

    Great looking sammy!
  11. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great looking sammy. I bet that was tasty.

    I do have one question - you said you smoked the turkey to an IT of 55 - is that a typo or was this a precooked breast?
  12. thoseguys26

    thoseguys26 Master of the Pit

    Sounds interesting!


    Really tasty! Definitely a typo! Good eye, I updated the temps above. After resting it hit 162°F USDA recommends 165-170°F
  13. smokin vegas

    smokin vegas Smoking Fanatic

    I totally agree with you!!!!    I am sorry but I am a carnivore and sometimes I just have to have a big juice rare steak or prime beef.  When we go to the Belliago Buffet hubby says it's watching a lioness stock a Gisele when I approach the prime rib carving section.  LOL!!!  I have no problem with cholesterol or blood pressure so I am going to enjoy my self besides no matter what you health food or carnivore your going to die.  I came to that revelation after my brother died.  He did everything right and still got the big C.  It was such a shock!!!   Everybody is going to die at some point no matter what they do so I decided I am going to enjoy myself and my life and to hell with everything else!!!!
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2012
  14. Great looking turkey breasts and even better looking sammich!!!! 
  15. thoseguys26

    thoseguys26 Master of the Pit

    Words to live by! Food is one of the greatest things in life!

    If you're in my neighborhood, stop on by! Offer only valid while supplies last!! [​IMG]
  16. thoseguys26

    thoseguys26 Master of the Pit

    I threw some of the meat and some mozzarella in a tortilla and nuked it. Added some Siracha Mmmmmm Good stuff!
  17. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  18. thoseguys26

    thoseguys26 Master of the Pit

    Ha, cool I hope it gets used. It's a good healthy one too!
  19. Wow, that looks sooooo good! Will have to try it!
  20. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice [​IMG]      [​IMG].

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